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Pope urges Thais young and old to practice faith with joy

Nov. 22, 2019 10:31 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis ministered to Thailand’s tiny Catholic community Friday, urging Thais young and old to practice their faith with joy and with “a Thai face and flesh” in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country. Thousands of Thais welcomed Francis as he traveled to St....

2020 LPGA Schedule

Nov. 22, 2019 10:16 AM EST

Jan. 16-19 — Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Jan. 23-26 — Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, Boca Rio GC, Boca Raton, Fla. Feb. 6-9 — ISPS Handa Vic Open, 13th Beach GL, Barwon Heads, Australia. Feb. 13-16 — ISPS...

Cambodian leader sings praises of US after letter from Trump

Nov. 22, 2019 8:33 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sun has signaled he would welcome better relations with the United States after a conciliatory letter from President Donald Trump and a meeting with Washington's new envoy. Hun Sen posted on his Facebook page a summary of the Nov. 1 letter from...

World shares advance on upbeat comments on US-China trade

Nov. 22, 2019 6:27 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — World stocks rose Friday as upbeat comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping helped quell anxiety over the state of trade talks with the U.S. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1% to 7,311, while the CAC 40 in France gained 0.3% to 5,897. Germany’s DAX picked up 0.1% to 13,146. Wall Street...

Pope’s cousin takes star turn in Thailand as papal whisperer

Nov. 22, 2019 5:33 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — She made him wait for her while she chatted with Thailand’s king and queen. She chided him for only visiting Bangkok and not the “real Thailand.” And she got a chuckle out of “Jorge” when she took her time translating his off-the-cuff Spanish for local...

Asian shares mostly higher despite US-China trade anxiety

Nov. 21, 2019 11:22 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Stocks logged modest gains Friday in Asia after a lackluster overnight session on Wall Street ended with the market’s third straight drop. Reports suggesting Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Beijing’s lead trade negotiator, has invited U.S. officials to China for talks helped...

Journalist arrested in Vietnam for ‘anti-state’ activities

Nov. 21, 2019 11:22 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media in Vietnam say a journalist has been arrested for “anti-state” activities. The official Vietnam News Agency said Pham Chi Dung was arrested Thursday on accusations of “producing, possessing and spreading anti-state information and documents.”...

Korean peninsula troubles pose US security challenge

Nov. 21, 2019 4:56 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper is returning from Asia with the U.S. still facing a trio of troubles on the Korean peninsula that pose risks to the national security of the U.S. and one of its most important alliances in the region. The toughest of these problems, and arguably the most...

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes take bite out of deadly dengue

Nov. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They still bite, but new research shows lab-grown mosquitoes are fighting dangerous dengue fever that they normally would spread. Dengue infections appear to be dropping fast in communities in Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil and Australia that are buzzing with the specially bred mosquitoes, an...

More protesters leave Hong Kong campus ahead of weekend poll

Nov. 21, 2019 9:48 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — More than 20 protesters inside a Hong Kong university campus surrendered to police on Thursday as the city’s largest pro-Beijing political party urged voters to “kick out the black force” in upcoming elections seen as a key gauge of public support for anti-government...